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Video: The Moment a Cyclist Is Knocked From His Bike by a Cab Rider — and His Surprising Reaction

"That's why I don't ride in bike lanes."

Image source: YouTube

"That's why I don't ride in bike lanes."

Such was the statement made by Dan Connor after he was knocked off his bike by a taxi cab door that opened right into his bike lane in New York City last week.

Image source: YouTube The door opened just as Connor was about to pass by the cab. He didn't have a moment to try and swerve to miss it and was hit instead. (Image source: YouTube)

Connor, who was wearing a helmet camera at the time, didn't stand up immediately, but dragged himself out of the bike lane onto the curb while he assessed the state of his knee, which he said felt weird.

The young woman who opened the door on Connor apologized several times and asked him if he was OK. He answered with relatively gracious responses.

Connor's view directly after getting knocked to the ground. (Image source: YouTube) Connor's view directly after getting knocked to the ground. (Image source: YouTube)

"I think I'm fine," Connor eventually said, but as he started checking out his bike, he wondered if it was good shape or not.

New York City law makes "dooring," or getting out of a car in "a manner which endangers cyclists," illegal. According to Gothamist, "dooring" can result in a $150 fine.

The taxi driver in this incident, who said his door was damaged, told Connor that if he wanted to deal with any issues on his bike, that they needed to call the cops right then.

"I don't talk to cops," Connor said, though he later told the driver that if he wanted to call the police that's fine.

The taxi driver and the two female passengers who were in the cab. Image source: YouTube The taxi driver and the two female passengers who were in the cab. Image source: YouTube

At this point, the driver and the passenger who opened the door, after he apparently had warned her about the cyclist, were arguing over the damaged door.

"I didn't break your door. You parked right here," the woman, who implied that he could have pulled over elsewhere in the vicinity, said. "You did not say there was a biker coming. I did not hear you."

"You're the professional in this situation," Connor said to the driver. "So you should know better than to park next to the bike lane because, quite frankly, you should be reasonably assured that someone's going to open the door if you have a fare in your cab."

Connor supplied that he didn't think the woman would have seen him coming because he rides at 25 mph.

"See, the only reason I'm peeved about it is I get tickets for not riding in the bike lane and this is why I don't ride in the bike lane," Connor added later.

To the women who were in the taxi, Connor said that he didn't think it should be their problem.

"Just exchange information and go to your meeting," he said. "Don't worry about it. He's trying to bully you."

Watch Connor's video:

It's unclear if any more happened in the exchange between Connor, the woman who opened the door and the taxi driver.

At the beginning of the video, Connor wrote in an aside attached to the footage that he wasn't following his own road cycling advice when this incident happened, which includes not getting boxed in.

According to an article published in the New York Post earlier this year, some cyclists have been killed as a result of "dooring."

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